Trifolium arvense – Hare's-foot Clover
Hare's-foot Clover is an attractive little annual about 10–30 cm high. Like other clovers each leaf is divided into three spreading leaflets but in this species they are relatively long and narrow. However it is the flower heads that are the most distinctive feature of this plant which, as its common name suggests, look a little like hare’s or rabbit’s feet. This appearance is due to the hairs that cover the calyx and protect the pale rose coloured flowers from the sun’s heat.
|Type||Seeds per gram||Origin||Ordering|
|Grassland Perennial||5000||Norfolk||Order this species|
Hare's-foot Clover is a native annual or occasional biennial of open, rocky or sandy site such as can be found acidic heathlands, sea-cliffs and sand dunes or manmade habitats like waste land and arable field boundaries on light, sandy soils. It will not shrive in damp soils or under shade but works best on slightly acidic, exposed, open ground and can be added to EM7 or ER1.
Best sown in the autumn as, in common with other legumes, the seed coat is very hard and water resistant and need time to soften. If need be germination can be speeded up with a light scarification.